This week’s “Thankful Thursday” would like to honor Adele Ambrose. For over 40 years, Adele provided Thanksgiving dinners for the New York State Police and firefighters. To celebrate her birthday, the New York State Police and firefighters expressed their well-wishes and gratitude by driving by with full sirens and lights on their vehicles to Adele’s home on Long Island, New York.
As Adele sat by her window, wearing her sparkling birthday tiara, she became emotional as she watched the vehicles go by. Adele even toasted with an O’Douls as her birthday parade passed by. Adele has a unique bond with the state troopers and firefighters in Riverhead, New York. According to a Facebook post by the New York State Police, “Always special when we can say thank you back. We were proud to be part of her parade after all she has done for us.”
The Thanksgiving tradition began in the 1970s, when Adele’s mechanic husband worked on the officers’ vehicles. He would tell the officers to go in the house to get a bite to eat. “So they became family and that’s how it began in the middle ’70s. My dad said if you do for others they will do for you,” said Dawn Ambrose, Adele’s daughter. Dawn said her mother is blind and has suffered strokes but her memory is strong.
“Thanks everyone for taking the time to reach out to her. She greatly appreciates your kind words,” said Adele’s son, Mike.